Charting The Most Badass Skater Chicks Of The 1970s

By the time the 70s rolled in, body hair was back in full swing, hippy babes were kicking around in flares and hot pants and women were getting on board with skating. Yep, female skateboarders started shredding alongside dudes on the streets, completely changing the way women were seen in sporting circles.

California's skate scene welcomed in female skaters, who joined the infamous Z-Boys, the group that basically invented aerial skateboarding. Although skater chicks secured less media coverage, sponsorships, and pay, it didn't stop them gliding around LA. And truth be told, they were just as rad as the guys.

Laura Thornhill at Carlsbad Skatepark (Photo: iso50)

Laura Thornhill in the 70s at Carlsbad Skatepark, California (Photo: iso50)

Today women on boards are as normalized as ever, but it hasn't stopped us ogling over the likes of Laura Thornhill, Ellen O'Neal, Vicki Vickers and the many other 70s babes who cemented skateparks as genderless playing fields.

Laura Thornhill

First riding a board after being gifted a Black Knight Skateboard for her 13th birthday in 1974, Laura Thornhill has become somewhat of a totem figure for the rebirth of female skaters. Quickly training herself into one of the best skaters around, Thornhill was captured by infamous skating photographer Warren Bolster for the first female center-fold shoot of  skate "bible" Skateboarder Magazine.

Laura Thornhill (Photo: iso50)

Laura Thornhill (Photo: iso50)

Laura Thornhill (Photo Warren Bolster)

Laura Thornhill (Photo: Warren Bolster)

Laura Thornhill (Photo via calstreets.com)

Laura Thornhill (Photo courtesy Laura Thornhill)

Laura Thornhill (Photo via Pinterest)

Laura Thornhill (Photo via Pinterest)

Laura Thornhill (Photo: Jim Goodrich)

Laura Thornhill (Photo: Jim Goodrich)

Laura Thornhill (Photo: via Pinterest/Ryan Northcutt)

Laura Thornhill (Photo via Pinterest/Ryan Northcutt)

Vicki Vickers

Hailing from Houston, Vicki Vickers was also one of the few professional female boarders in the 70s, a favorite subject of photographer Jim Goodrich.

Vicki Vickers (Photo: Jim Goodrich)

Vicki Vickers (Photo: Jim Goodrich)

Vicki Vickers (Photo: via calstreets.com)

Vicki Vickers (Photo via calstreets.com)

Vicki Vickers (Photo via calstreets.com)

Vicki Vickers (Photo via calstreets.com)

Patti McGee

After a while trying out surfing, Patti McGee cemented her place in the skateboarding world in the late 60s, after being crowned the first female National Skateboard Champion in Santa Monica in 1965. Infamous to this day, she's often considered the first female skateboarder.

Patti McGee, California, 1965 (Photo: Bill Eppridge/Time Inc)

Patti McGee, California, 1965 (Photo: Bill Eppridge/Time Inc)

Patti McGee (Photo via bannedinhollywood.com)

Patti McGee (Photo via bannedinhollywood.com)

Patti McGee (Photo: Squarespace)

Patti McGee (Photo: Squarespace)

Other rad 70s skater girls

No less important, there were gals in their dozens taking up the board in the 70s. From Robin Alaway to Peggy Oki, there's a whole lot of inspiration to take from these other first-class ladies.

Ellen Berryman, 1976 (Photo Warren Bolster)

Ellen Berryman, 1976 (Photo: Warren Bolster)

Robin Alaway at the Carlsbad skatepark in the 70s (Photo: Warren Bolster)

Robin Alaway at the Carlsbad skatepark in the 70s (Photo: Warren Bolster)

Unknown (Photo via bannedinhollywood.com)

Unknown (Photo via bannedinhollywood.com)

Peggy Oki (Photo: via Tumblr)

Peggy Oki (Photo: via Tumblr)

Ellen O'Neal (Photo via Tumblr)

Ellen O'Neal (Photo via Tumblr)

Laura Thornhill and Robin Logan (Photo vai bannedinhollywood.com)

Laura Thornhill and Robin Logan (Photo via bannedinhollywood.com)

Kim Cespedes (Photo:

Kim Cespedes (Photo via calstreets.com)

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